Everyone knows that the high traffic areas in your carpets are very tough to keep clean. After all, those are the areas where everyone walks and it is understandable that these places will get dirty. However, these are also the areas that everyone walks the most and therefore everyone sees more. You want these places to be clean because these are the areas that everyone sees the most! You cannot have the dreaded “traffic lane gray” taking over your home and leaving you feeling like your home is not as clean as it could be. The reality of carpets is that no matter how hard you try, carpets will get dirty. The best thing that you can do is find a great carpet cleaner like Blue Ribbon Chem-Dry to help you keep your carpets as clean as possible. Even in this case, the dreaded “traffic lane gray” can only be tackled so far. This syndrome is just the way that your floor will look after years of wear, and you should be prepared to live with this look and to also do your very best to clean up the mess that has been left behind.
This is the reason that your carpets in high traffic areas are naturally going to look a bit rough: carpet is a textile, and like all other textiles, eventually things look worn. You can clean your carpets religiously but even in these cases you will find that your carpets still look a little grungy. This often leaves you feeling frustrated and annoyed, feeling like you just cannot get your carpets clean no matter what you do. The reality is that your carpets are clean, but once your carpets reach a certain age they just will not look as fresh any more. No matter what you do, a ten year old carpet is going to look like a ten year old carpet and there is nothing that you can do to change this reality.
Instead of trying in vain to battle this aging process, you should instead work to combat this process in different ways. There are quite a few strategies available to combat aging carpets that will keep you from feeling constantly frustrated by this carpet aging. The best thing that you can do is to slow down the process by utilizing area rugs and rearranging your furniture to change the traffic areas in your rooms. For example, if you have a traffic lane that has been in use for a year or two, you should probably change the flow of the furniture in the space to divert traffic more effectively to prevent this kind of wear. If changing the way that your furniture diverts traffic does not work for your layout, instead you should lay down an area rug on top of the area to prevent wear and tear. This will help you keep the area from the long term damage and wear and tear that normally impacts your carpet.
So, the best thing to remember when combatting the dreaded traffic lane gray is to cover the area and divert traffic!